Media Watch – Aug 19

By on 19/08/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Special offers at supermarkets (BBC WM) The co-founder of Moneymagpie.com interviewed on the WM breakfast show about a court case brought by Birmingham Trading Standards, in which it is alleged that retailer Tesco had offered strawberries for sale at prices which were not in accordance with legislation related to cut-price offers.

The benefits of wheelie bins (BBC Radio 5 Live) Cabinet Member Cllr James McKay interviewed on the Stephen Nolan late-night show about the advantages and disadvantages of wheelie bins after the Government unveiled proposals to alter planning laws to “banish the blight” of wheelie bins when new homes were built in future.

Multi-glory car park (Birmingham Mail) The city council's Millenium Point car park has been named on a shortlist of ten such facilities vying for the title of Coolest Car Park in the World. Cabinet Member Cllr Tahir Ali quoted as welcoming the news.

Loan shark on benefits jailed for eight months (Extensive local media coverage) A loan shark from Handsworth who charged 200 per cent interest has been jailed, following an investigation by the city council-led England Illegal Money Lending Team.

Bid for victory (The Economist) A feature looking at the benefits of Business Improvement Districts, with a focus on the success of the Kings Heath BID.

Birmingham New Street mall 90% full (Property Week) The Grand Centre shopping centre owned by the council is almost fully let, a year before it opens.

Regional Headlines

80 per cent of people seeking mental health services from the NHS in Wolverhampton are not seen soon enough, new figures have shown.

A Police Federation study reveals that half of PCs want to leave the service, it has been claimed.

Sandwell Council Leader Cllr Darren Cooper claims he has been the victim of a hate campaign after announcing that The Public arts centre in West Bromwich will close.

National Headlines

Families are struggling as the cost of bringing up a child has risen to £148,000, according to research for the Child Poverty Action Group.

Brazil complains over the “unjustified” detention at London’s Heathrow airport of the partner of a journalist who published material leaked by Edward Snowden.

More than one million tickets for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are going on sale over the next four weeks.

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